Hank Mobley - Curtain Call (Blue Note Tone Poet)
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It’s a sign of the sheer volume of top-notch hard bop that Blue Note was recording in the 1950s and 60s that a supremely swinging date like Hank Mobley’s 1957 album Curtain Call would sit in the vaults unreleased until 1984. Mobley himself was in the middle of a particularly prolific streak that year with the tenor saxophonist recording 6 sessions for Blue Note in 1957 alone.
This highly-enjoyable 6-song set includes 4 Mobley originals including the extended opener “Don’t Get To Hip”, the hard-charging title track, and the bright swing of “The Mobe” along with two standards (“Deep In A Dream” and “My Reverie”) performed by a quintet with Mobley joined by Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Sonny Clark on piano, Jimmy Rowser on bass, and Art Taylor on drums.
Blue Note Records’ Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series is produced by Joe Harley and features all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tape heavyweight audiophile vinyl. Deluxe gatefold packaging. Mastered is by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Pressed at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI).
A1: Don’t Get Too Hip
A2: Curtain Call
A3: Deep In A Dream
B1: The Mobe
B2: My Reverie
B3: On The Bright Side